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Event Overview:

Itinerary (Travel with us to one location or join us on the Grand Tour):
  • Wednesday, February 10: France
  • Wednesday, March 3: Switzerland and Northern Italy
  • Wednesday, March 24: Rome and Southern Italy

For centuries part of being well-heeled meant traveling through Western Civilization on a trip known as The Grand European Tour as a young adult. These long and sometimes multi-year travels were meant to hone art appreciation and increase understanding of the ancient world.

This winter we’ll embark on our own virtual Grand Tour. From the comfort of your armchair we’ll discuss the historic context of the Grand European Tour, why it still resonates with us today (and to a certain extent, still exists), and use modern literature to “visit” some of the Tour’s most enduring destinations.

Encouraged Reading list:
  • February 10: My Life in France by Julia Child
  • March 3: The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland
  • March 24: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Travel & Reading Host:

Ada Igoe, Travel Blogger

After a high school trip to London, England in 2003, Ada Igoe knew she wanted to spend the rest of her life in the travel industry. Now she helps people discover the Boundary Waters through her business, Tuscarora Lodge and Canoe Outfitters on the Gunflint Trail and travels throughout the US and abroad during her off-season. She holds a B.A. in English and Communication from the College of St. Scholastica and uses her love of literature to guide her travels. She blogs about her travel at: www.beyondyellowbrickblog.com

Registration Details:

  • Immediately after registering you will receive the Zoom link in an email titled Your CCHE Registration Details, please save this email.
  • If you are having technical issues at the start of this event please call 952-237-3517.
  • To ensure that cost is not a barrier we are offering two scholarship options – choose your level:
    • 50% off scholarship, enter the following code at checkout: scholarship50
    • 100% off scholarship, enter the following code at checkout:  scholarship100

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February 10
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST
$20.00 – $60.00
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Cook County Higher Education

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